TiVo Bolt OTA

Last updated date: April 3, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.1

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We looked at the top 1 DVRs and dug through the reviews from 11 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, CNET, TechHive, Digital Trends, The Verge, Top Ten Reviews, Sound And Vision, Cord Cutter News, Audioholics, Cord Cutting, Kill The Cable Bill and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best DVR you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the TiVo TiVo Bolt OTA placed 1st when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.5
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.4
3,505 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Feature rich update on the Roamio line with 4K capability, recording capacity up to 150 hours,commercial skip mode, and optional out of home streaming.
- BestReviews
The TiVo Bolt OTA offers a plethora of services including streaming apps with 4K support, in-home streaming and voice search. The price per month is a lot more affordable than the full-fat version of the Bolt, and lifetime service brings the total cost to $500.
- CNET
Helpful voice controls with the Vox remote and Alexa integration
- TechHive
October 29, 2018 | Full review
Clearly the biggest reason to buy the Bolt OTA is its 4K and HDR chops.
- Digital Trends
November 12, 2018 | Full review
The software is all the same as the Bolt Vox, with support for TiVo’s voice remote, Alexa integration, and all the same streaming services that TiVo offers.
- The Verge
September 27, 2018 | Full review
The TiVo Bolt has an efficient search function that lets you search for a show in multiple content sources at once.
- Top Ten Reviews
One thing that videophiles should love about the Bolt OTA is that over-the-air HDTV channels typically arrive at a resolution closer to the 19.2 megabits-per-second ideal than what's delivered by compression-giddy cable and satellite operators.
- Sound And Vision
September 27, 2018 | Full review
With the TiVo BOLT not only will you be able to record your antenna and stream it outside of your house, but you will also be able to stream 4K content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube.
- Cord Cutter News
October 11, 2018 | Full review
Bolt OTA is a 1080p recorder, its upgraded internals can support streamed content at 4K resolution from a variety of built-in streaming services and apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, Vudu, and Epix.
- Audioholics
February 25, 2019 | Full review
In terms of specs, the TiVo Bolt OTA boasts four antenna tuners and a terabyte of storage space. The 1 TB hard drive is a beautiful thing, and improves on the competition: the Tablo Quad OTA DVR asks users to provide their own storage.
- Cord Cutting
February 13, 2019 | Full review
Where the Bolt shines brightest is in its interface. The TiVo Bolts makes it incredibly easy to search for new content across streaming services and OTA television. You can search for shows by genre, actor, director, etc… And all of your content is sorted by title, not by source.
- Kill The Cable Bill
May 3, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Whole home capability requires additional purchase of a TiVo mini. Set up can take a few hours.
- BestReviews
There is no access to live TV streaming services which would help bolster the OTA options. The functionality is skewed heavily in favor of streaming over the DVR.
- CNET
Pricier than other options, especially for whole-home viewing.
- TechHive
October 29, 2018 | Full review
Roamio OTA owners need not apply
- Digital Trends
November 12, 2018 | Full review
It can’t access satellite content.
- Top Ten Reviews
Despite its generous built-in storage (which differentiates TiVo from a smart TV or plug-in media receiver), the Bolt OTA does not enable the downloading of online videos or the saving of program streams.
- Sound And Vision
September 27, 2018 | Full review
The bad news. The TiVo Bolt OTA costs a substantial $250, and that doesn’t include TiVo’s service fees, which add $7 per month, or $70 per year, depending on how you choose to be billed.
- Audioholics
February 25, 2019 | Full review
Throw in the high price point of this device, and it's hard to recommend it.
- Cord Cutting
February 13, 2019 | Full review
With online streaming capabilities, you can download streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and YouTube. No word on whether or not it will support Sling TV in the future.
- Kill The Cable Bill
May 3, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Catch live TV, like comedies, dramas, award shows, sports, local news and more, all broadcast for free, with TiVo BOLT OTA for antenna and an HD antenna (sold separately). It’s the all-in-one live, recorded and streaming TV device that makes the most of your TV experience. Access the popular apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube and more.2 Skip entire commercial breaks with a single tap.3 And search across channels, recordings and apps to find what you’re looking for, faster. And because there’s no cable TV subscription required, you could save more than $800 over three years.1 Say goodbye to cable TV. Say hello to a better way to watch.

Overall Product Rankings

1. TiVo Bolt OTA
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 11
2. TiVo MINI VOX Streaming Media Player
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Amazon Fire TV Recast
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 11
4. Tablo 4-Tuner Digital Video Recorder
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Tablo Dual LITE OTA DVR
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7
6. TiVo BOLT VOX 3TB
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 9
7. TiVo BOLT VOX 500 GB
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 7
8. AVerMedia EZRecorder
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 3

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